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The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908

66 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Elizabeth Huling was one of the pioneer women of Texas. The
daughter of John Bullock and Mary Dooley, she was born in
Bourbon county, Kentucky, on April 12, 1820. When she was
six years old her mother died, and she was taken by her mother's
brothers, Hardin and Ashbrook Dooley, to their home. When
about twelve, she went on a visit to her mother's sister, the wife
of Jesse Moppin, who was living at Paris, Kentucky. The aunt
and uncle treated her with great kindness, and, as they were talking
about going to Texas, asked if she would not like to go with them.
Delighted with the idea, she assented without hesitation, and, in
a short time they started on their long journey going down the
Mississippi river to New Orleans, and thence, in 1833, to Nachi-
toches. Traveling by ox wagon from this point, they crossed the
Sabine river at Gaines' Ferry, and settled near San Augustine.
There they stayed at Mrs. Milton's boarding house, and made
many acquaintances in the neighborhood, among them being Mrs.
Hines, who lived near by, and Mrs. Hines's granddaughter, Mrs.
Carter, whose home was at a greater distance; but, as she and Eliz-
abeth were greatly attracted to each other, they spent many happy
days together. It was during a delightful visit at Mrs. Carter's
that Elizabeth received word of her Uncle Jesse Moppin's violent
illness. Going immediately to his bedside, she helped to nurse
him through the long suffering, which ended in his death.
Her aunt returned to Kentucky, but, having tasted the indefin-
able charm of life in a new country, she determined to remain
in Texas and share the fate of her new friends, who were over-
joyed at having this bright maiden of fifteen as a member of their
households. Among them was X. B. Mudd, who, with his family,
lived at the village of Zavala, in Jasper county, ten miles north-
west of the old town of Jasper. Mr. Mudd was a Frenchman,

Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 5, 2016.

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